J. Cole Says Jay-Z's Cold Shoulder Taught Him A Lesson

posted Friday June 14 ,2013 at 06:30PM CDT | 115 comments

J. Cole Says Jay-Z's Cold Shoulder Taught Him A Lesson

J. Cole recounts trying to give Jay-Z a copy of his beat CD, only to be rebuffed by the mogul. J. Cole says the experience was a reality check.

J. Cole raps about how he "Let Nas Down" on his forthcoming Born Sinner album, which is due in stores June 18. During an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106 yesterday (June 13), J. Cole says that Jay-Z let him down when he was an aspiring artist trying to give him a beat CD.

It was 2007. J. Cole was fresh out of St. John's University and saw that Jay-Z was working on American Gangster. "I read the press release online and it was like, "Jay-Z, finishing American Gangster," J. Cole says to Power 106's Big Boy. "I was like, 'Yo, he's not done yet. I can go make beats right now and get on this album 'cause I know where the studio is at. So I went home, made two beats, one was called 'Top of the World,' put a hook on it and everything. Burned my CD. Put the CD in the Jay-Z Vol. 3 [...Life And Times Of S. Carter] case, maybe Vol. 2 [...Hard Knock Life] case, closed it up, took the train to the city, stood outside the studio, me and partner E, for like three hours, with a bottle of E&J [Brandy], just like passing time waiting on Jay-Z to pull up. The Phantom finally comes around the corner. It's raining by the way. We've been in the rain. The Phantom finally pulls around the corner. Someone get out the car in front of him just to open his door. That was their job, to get out their car, come to his car and open his door. He hops out. I'm froze. I don’t really know what to say. I'm like, 'Yo, Jay I got this for you.' He's like, 'What is that? What are you doing?' I'm like, American Gangster, beat CD.' I can't really speak and he’s like, 'Man I don’t want that shit, man. Give that to one of those guys.' He said it. 'I'm like, "Oh you mother... Don’t you know I've been out here for three hours?"

J. Cole says that that experience changed his perspective. "It took me 15 minutes to get over it, but I realized, 'You're not gonna get on like that. That’s not how its gonna happen,'" he says. "But when people come up to me, they give me their CDs, chances are I'm never going to listen just 'cause I'm busy. But I do take it, just to give em that extra boost. They go home like, 'Yo, he took my CD.' That might give 'em three more months of like inspiration."

J. Cole later signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation company and began taking advice from Jigga when he was working on his debut album, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story.

RELATED: J. Cole Says A Phone Call With No I.D. Inspired "Let Nas Down"

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  • Jay-Z
    I don't owe u shit, nikka!!!
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    JAY Z IS A NIGGER
  • FREDYYY
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  • Hating
    [Jay-Z] I taught 'em about fish scale they want me to fish for them They want me to catch clean, then cook up a dish for them All of this just for them, or they got a diss for him They want me to disappear, like it's gonna SHIFT for them They say that I'm in the way, they want me to sit with them But what they admitting is, they ain't got shit for him But really the fact is, we not in the same bracket Not in the same league, don't shoot at the same baskets Don't pay the same taxes, hang with the same bitches So how am I in the way, what is it I'm missing? Nigga I been missing, nigga I been gone The shit that you just witnessed is the shit that I been on And as for the critics, tell me I don't get it Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it Now these nigga's is mad, oh they call me a Camel But I mastered the drought, what the fuck I'm an animal Half-man half-mammal My sign is a Sag, this is just what I plan to do Oh don't be mad
    • Anonymous
      one of my fave hov verses, dude went in on that song
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      Spell my name right for once.
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    coming this summer
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    come to find out bill or riley was the second vergina tec shooter.with rappers nas and peter rosesburg as their get aways
  • Anonymous
    DONT YOU KNOW I BEEN OUT HERE IN THE BLISTERING COLD FOR 3 HOURS AND YOU JUST SAID NO??!
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  • bizzalls
    You idiots, saying Jay Z is a faggot and cocky muthafucka for not taking his CD...PLEASE!!! I'm a NOBODY, and when I'm walking in the city and muthafuckas try to give me their CD I don't even take it!! So what the hell you think Jay Z's gonna do?? I mean come on, be realistic. You know how many dudes have probably tried to give him their music?? Automatically in your head, you're already thinking that their music is garbage! But I want to know if Cole has now told this story to Jay to see if he remembers it!
    • Dick B
      Couldn't have said it better.
  • Anonymous
    THIS STORY PROVES TWO THINGS: A) HOW MUCH OF A DICKRIDER J. COLE IS B) HOW MUCH OF AN ARROGANT SELF CENTERED FAGGOT JAY Z IS. Ya'll dickriding fans could buy into this BS, but at the end of the day, ya'll just as lame as the music you listen to. PRODIGY/ALCHEMIST "ALBERT EINSTEIN" ALBUM IS RIDICULOUS.
    • poopy
      Prodigy's ryhmes are trash, c'mon son. I'll admit, he did step it a little bit lyrically, but his rhymes still ain't that great. AND Alchemist has been making horrible beats lately, so I definitely am surprised, because the beats on this album are much better than I thought they would be. But still, I believe Alchemist is far more capable of making better beats than this. He was better back in the day...But this album still is worthy of buying.
  • kennyken
    he has the right temper and attitude about it. but he is dealing with cocky brother when dealing with jigga.
  • Anonymous
    fuck GAY-Z
  • OUCH!
    I thought the song where he recalls that was "Villuminati"
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    jay is cocky and a dick ridder, that why game disliked him in the 1st instance
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  • Anonymous
    no Chief Keef or Lil Wayne on Born Sinner? Imma not cop it